Banbury's MP has spoken of the "terrible and unnecessary suffering of Israeli and Palestinian civilians" following a two-day visit to Israel and occupied Palestinian territories.

Between February 14 and 16, Attorney General Victoria Prentis viewed the site of the harrowing events of October 7 at Kfar Aza Kibbutz, near Gaza, where terror, murder, and kidnapping occurred.

She held meetings with significant Israeli and Palestinian officials including their respective Attorney Generals, the President of the Israeli Supreme Court, and the Palestinian Prime Minister.

Oxford Mail: Victoria Prentis at Kfar Aza KibbutzVictoria Prentis at Kfar Aza Kibbutz (Image: Victoria Prentis)

Her discussions were centred around the need to adhere to International Humanitarian Law, protect civilians, and comply with the Geneva Convention when holding detainees.

She said: "At Kfar Aza Kibbutz, I saw the remains of hideous atrocities perpetrated by Hamas on October 7th.

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"The suffering and trauma of this community, and many others across Southern Israel, is immense."

She detailed the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the urgent need for aid in the region.

Oxford Mail: Victoria Prentis with Palestinian Attorney General Akram Al-KhateebVictoria Prentis with Palestinian Attorney General Akram Al-Khateeb (Image: Victoria Prentis)

In the West Bank, she visited a village restricted from accessible resources due to fear of settler violence and illegal settlement expansion.

She added: "The UK has already sanctioned extremist settlers involved in violence. Israel must take stronger action to put a stop to it.

"All parties need to conduct themselves in line with International Humanitarian Law and minimise the terrible and unnecessary suffering of Israeli and Palestinian civilians.